Goodyear-Shod Cars Win Six Times in Ohio NHRA Race HEBRON, Ohio (June 13, 2004) -- Goodyear-equipped cars dominated the 40th running of the Pontiac Excitement NHRA Nationals at National Trail Raceway. Teams depending on Goodyear tires won six...
Goodyear-Shod Cars Win Six Times in Ohio NHRA Race
HEBRON, Ohio (June 13, 2004) -- Goodyear-equipped cars dominated the 40th running of the Pontiac Excitement NHRA Nationals at National Trail Raceway. Teams depending on Goodyear tires won six of the 10 classes the tiremaker competed in.
"We had an exceptional weekend," said Carolyn Ashbee, Goodyear's Sales and Marketing Manager for Drag Racing. "We were in the finals of every class we compete in."
Darrell Russell won the Top Fuel category, Del Worsham won in Funny Car and Greg Anderson won the Pro Stock final. The Goodyear winners in the Sportsmen classes were Bob Newberry in Top Alcohol Funny Car, Ed Bennett, III in Competition Eliminator and Tom DePascale in Super Street.
"From about half-track on, I felt the thing accelerate all the way through," said Russell.
Goodyear's six wins topped all tiremakers competing in the event. All told, Goodyear now has 51 victories in national NHRA competition this season. Of the 20 final-round berths in classes where Goodyear was represented at National Trail, cars sporting Goodyear rear drive tires filled 15 spots.
Sunday's cloudy but unseasonably mild weather conditions capped a rain-plagued weekend. But the three professional categories in which Goodyear is the dominant tire all set track records during qualifying.
Brandon Bernstein set the elapsed time record for Top Fuel with a 4.489-second pass and Scott Kalitta upped the speed record to 330.39 mph. Cruz Pedregon established a new Funny Car elapsed time mark with a 4.769-second run, while Whit Bazemore set a new speed record for the class at 325.92 mph. Anderson lowered the elapsed time record for the Pro Stock class to 6.790 seconds and improved the speed mark to 203.06 mph.
Tony Schumacher, who lost the Top Fuel final to Russell, now leads the standings in that class with 837 points. Brandon Bernstein, who lost in the first round, is second with 798.
Whit Bazemore leads the Funny Car standings despite losing in the second round. He has 754 points, leading Worsham by 21 tallies.
Anderson's amazing run continues in Pro Stock. He leads the class with 1,116 points, while Kurt Johnson is next with 738.